The Wolf mural 85'x 65' is the Spirit Way banner project, focuses on the wolf theme as a metaphor for respect- for self, for nature and community; a monumental mural re-creation of a Robert Bateman drawing, where the wolf looks on Ê»eye to eye with respectÊ¼. An Icon of the North.
The location for the wolf mural was carefully chosen, as was the image. The site overlooks the City of Thompson, Manitoba and the wolf can be seen from the entire community. The artwork needed to integrate with the environment around it to create the illusion that the full grown pines leading up to the artwork felt like tall grass, through which the wolf watched over all.
The artwork/ design was provided by Robert Bateman, Canada's premiere wildlife artist; chosen by Spiritway for it's singular power. My goals were to honestly translate all of the qualities of the original work to the monumental scale, including the toothy texture of the paper it was rendered on. Also, in conjunction with the mural, I designed a 40'x 16'x 1' granite sculpture 'Wolf Community, and a 7'x4'x3' concrete howling wolf statue that has been cast 100 times. Each statue is part of a geocaching game which takes ecotourists on a journey from Winnipeg to Churchill and finally to Thompson, with every cast piece being painted by a different artist. A plaque location indicates artist, title & sponsor for each statue
Thompson has been designated the World Wolf Capitol, and the wolf mural clearly defines that status for all to see, even aerial photographers. As a northern hub community, the environmental message is clear: respect the Wolf, respect nature. With the additional sculptural elements, Thompson's re-branding efforts are complete
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